This weekend President Donald Trump was booed at Game 5 of the World Series at Nationals Park in Washington, however cross town the vibe was the joyous at the Kennedy Center where Dave Chappelle was awarded the Mark Twain Prize. Many of his fellow comedians and showbiz stars showed up to give Dave his props. In attendance was Neal Brennan, Marlon Wayans, Chris Tucker, Jeff Ross, Michelle Wolf and George Lopez.
At the event, Chappelle was asked about his eclectic network of friends and collaborators to which he replied “It’s not a secret sauce. It’s just that I love these people, and I’ll try to find any excuse to be around these guys. They inspire me, they make brave, they make me humble, they make me work harder, they make me edit myself by example.”
SNL co-head writer Michael Che shared his thoughts on Chappelle’s appeal, “He can perform, he can write, he can do characters, he can do everything that you want out of a comedian — and that’s why I think his fan base is spread so wide. Dave is a master of all trades, and it’s amazing to watch.” Onstage, SNL creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels shared he wanted Chappelle to host the first show after the 2016 election. Lorne Michaels told the Kennedy Center audience…“Whichever way the election went, I knew I needed someone to explain what had just happened. He’s a truth teller and the funniest person in comedy today.” BTW - this episode won the Emmy for the variety series. Check out this monologue for that show.
Aziz Ansari toured with Chappelle and told the audience “He’s an incredible human being. This man is very deep. He treats every moment like it has the potential to be a wonderful memory.”
In his acceptance speech that will broadcast on Jan 7, 2020 on PBS said, “I know comics who are very racist — and you watch them on stage and you think, ‘Oh, that motherfucker means that shit.’ Don’t get mad at them, don’t hate them. We go upstairs and have a beer and sometimes I even appreciate the artistry that they paint their racist opinions with. It’s not that serious. The First Amendment is first for a reason — the Second Amendment is just in case the first one doesn’t work out.”